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King of Kiln in Song Dynasty

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The world, to a great extent, is coming to know China through the chinaware it produced, and the country's porcelain was virtually used as a yardstick in evaluating Chinese civilization. Without the invention and development of fine porcelain, China's history would have been decidedly different.

Last Updated on Friday, 06 November 2009 09:32
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Textile Technique

      Textile Technique
Textile technique
(fǎng zhī jì shù 纺织技术) has a long history in China. As early as in the primitive society,  people in ancient China have taken advantage of the natural resource to make simple textile facilities for weaving so as to adapt to the changeable weather.

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Simuwu Ding

Simuwu DingDing (dǐng 鼎) was a cooking vessel probably used to boil or cook food ancient China. It can be traced back to the Neolithic Age in the primitive society. As early as 7000 ago, there are dings made of clay. During the Shang (shāng 商) and Zhou (zhōu 周) dynasties, bronze casting technology reached a high level in China. Therefore, people used bronze to cast ding. And the ding was no longer the cooking utensils in common people’s life but an object for important ceremonies to offer sacrifices. It was a symbol of imperial power.


Last Updated on Monday, 26 October 2009 11:23
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Chinese Batik

                   Chinese batik
History
Batik (là rǎn 蜡染) is a wax-resist dyeing technique used on textile. Chinese Batik is also called La Ran (là rǎn 蜡染) in China. Researches show batik originates from ancient China. It was then called La Xie (là xié 腊缬). As early as in Qin (qín cháo 秦朝) and Han Dynasties (hàn cháo汉朝), people in southwestern minority regions of China, finding that wax can prevent from dyeing(rǎn 染), proficiently mastered the craft of batik. They used bees wax (là 蜡) and worm wax as material in preventing dyeing.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 August 2009 10:19
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Blue Calico

         Blue Calico
The blue calico (lán yìn huā bù 蓝印花布) is a kind of traditional printed-dyed handicraft in the south area of the Yangtze River with a long history that can be traced back to Qin (qín 秦) and Han (hàn 汉) Dynasties.

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